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  Salazar regrets 'Antichrist' barb
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News DateThursday, April 28, 2005 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionSen. Ken Salazar said Wednesday he regrets referring to Focus on the Family and its founder James Dobson as "the Antichrist" - a term among the worst slurs in Christianity.

Salazar issued a statement Wednesday evening, backing down from a remark he made Tuesday night during an audio interview aired on KKTV of Colorado Springs.

In that interview, Salazar said of Focus on the Family: "From my point of view, they are the Antichrist of the world."

The remark and Salazar's retraction represent the latest development in a bitter fight over President Bush's judicial nominees and efforts by religious groups like Focus on the Family to get them approved by the Senate.

"After being relentlessly attacked in telephone calls, e-mails, newspapers and radio stations all across Colorado, having my faith questioned, and having my wife's business picketed as part of these attacks, I spoke about Jim Dobson and his efforts and used the term 'the Antichrist,' " Salazar said in a written statement.

"I regret having used that term. I meant to say this approach was unchristian, meaning self-serving and selfish."

Tom Minnery, vice president of government and public policy for Focus on the Family, said "Antichrist" can be considered the worst insult in Christianity. It refers to a great antagonist of Christ who was expected to spread evil prior to the end of the world.

"It's a person, very powerful, described in the Book of Revelations at the end of the age (who) rises up against Christ and everything Christ stands for," Minnery said. "Christ ultimately defeats the Antichrist and reigns on earth.

"That's about as bad as you can get . . . it's very offensive. The Antichrist is exactly what the term indicates, the embodiment of everything that opposes Christ. It leaves us speechless."
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